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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Bay Area Tech Wire - March 8
========================================== BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- March 8, 2017 ========================================== To subscribe: www.bayareatechwire.com o San Francisco-Based Kiddom Raises $6.5 Million in New Funding o San Jose-Based 8x8 Acquires Oakland-Based LeChat, Developer of Sameroom o S.F.-Based SitterFriends Lands Investment from Mentor Graphics CEO o Study: 92% of Federal Sites Fail to Meet Security, Performance Standards o Survey: One Quarter of Small Businesses Still Not Using Social Media o Briefly Noted: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, Patriot Technologies - DT Research, Excelero _____________________________________________ > Job/Event/Marketplace Classified Listings (Full Listings Below Stories)
o San Francisco-Based Kiddom Raises $6.5 Million in New Funding
San Francisco -- Kiddom, the developer of technology for educators, said on Wednesday it has raised $6.5 million in new funding, led by Khosla Ventures. The company said it will use the proceeds to build additional products and features as it seeks to build an operating system for K-12 education. Kiddom's platform is designed to help teachers and students work together. Its dashboard lets teachers discover content and analyze student work, and students to submit work and receive timely feedback. Keith Rabois, an investment partner at Kholsa, has joined the company's board of directors. http://www.kiddom.co http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170308005349/en/Kiddom-Raises-6.5-Million-Khosla-Ventures-Launches _____________________________________________
o San Jose-Based 8x8 Acquires Oakland-Based LeChat, Developer of Sameroom
San Jose, Calif. -- 8x8, a San Jose-based provider of enterprise cloud communications tools to businesses, said on Wednesday it has acquired Oakland-based LeChat, developer of the Sameroom interoperability platform, used for cross-team messaging and collaboration. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company said the acquisition will bolster its cloud communications capabilities, allowing users to collaborate across disparate team messaging systems, as well as launch 8x8 communication services from within these apps. "With Sameroom, our customers will enable their internal teams and external partners to collaborate across different team messaging apps of their choice, creating an open, more seamless communications and collaboration environment that is fully compliant with corporate policy," said CEO Vik Verma. Currently, Sameroom integrates with more than two dozen messaging and team collaboration apps, including Slack, Skype and HipChat. http://www.8x8.com https://sameroom.io http://investors.8x8.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1016498 _____________________________________________
o S.F.-Based SitterFriends Lands Investment from Mentor Graphics CEO
San Francisco -- SitterFriends, a San Francisco-based childcare startup, said on Wednesday it has landed a new investment from Wally Rhines, the chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. He also will serve as an advisor and mentor to company executives. SitterFriends is the developer of a mobile app that lets users book and review baby sitters in their local communities. Rhines had worked with company founder Fahad Jalal for several years at Mentor Graphics, where he held key roles in business development and field sales. "This investment in SitterFriends is as much an investment in this market space as it is on Fahad himself," said Rhines. http://www.sitterfriends.com/ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170307006508/en/Wally-Rhines-Invests-SitterFriends _____________________________________________
o Study: 92% of Federal Sites Fail to Meet Security, Performance Standards
Washington, DC -- A staggering 92% of federal government website fail to meet basic standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness or accessibility, according to a new study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), an independent research and educational institute. To reach that figure, co-authors Alan McQuinn and Daniel Castro analyzed 297 of the most popular federal sites -- including all U.S. government websites in the top 1 million globally -- assessing their security, speed, mobile friendliness and accessibility. In addition to scoring them in each of these areas, the authors ranked them using a composite score to give an overall view of how well the most popular sites adhere to federal requirements and industry best practices. The five highest-performing websites included healthdata.gov, healthfinder.gov, consumerfinance.gov, whitehouse.gov (Trump administration) and usembassy.gov, while the five worst were usphs.gov, fmc.gov, osti.gov, trade.gov and ipcc-wg2.gov. "Despite years of progress in digital government, a striking number of federal websites do not even meet many of the U.S. government's own requirements, let alone private-sector best practices," said McQuinn. "Considering that many constituents rely on federal websites to interact with government, it is incumbent upon the new administration, supported by Congress, to make websites more convenient, accessible and secure." https://itif.org/publications/2017/03/08/92-percent-most-popular-federal-government-websites-fail-meet-basic _____________________________________________
o Survey: One Quarter of Small Businesses Still Not Using Social Media
Washington, DC -- A significant number of small businesses still aren't using social media, according to a new report by B2B ratings and reviews firm Clutch. Then survey of 350 small business owner and managers found that 24% currently don't use social media for their business, and 8% don't ever expect to use it. For those who do use the channel, Facebook is by far the most popular platform, used by more than 90% of small businesses with a social media presence. About 55% use Twitter. More than half of small businesses already using social media said they want to increase investment in Twitter, Instagram and YouTube in 2017. "Social is one of the few forms that allows you to look at the data," said Keith Kakadia, the founder and CEO of Sociallyin, a Mississippi-based social media agency. "It allows you to determine whether there's a return on investment for the money spent. When you have a small budget, every single dollar needs to be spent on what works." The complete report is available at the link below. https://clutch.co/agencies/social-media-marketing/resources/small-business-2017-survey _____________________________________________ ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Bluetooth World 2017, 28-29 March, Santa Clara Convention Center
Join us to get inspired and discover the future of connectivity and IoT.
There's nothing more inspirational than seeing, playing and experiencing amazing IoT gadgets that have successfully gone to market and made it big.
Entry is FREE and you will be able to visit the various zones including Automotive, Audio, Smart Home and Health & Fitness, test your innovations at the Testing Stations and meet a range of suppliers.
For just $50 you also have access to a wide range of developer sessions as well as hear from inspirational keynotes from big brands including Garmin, Google, Zipcar and Plantronics.
(San Francisco) EY said on Wednesday it has selected 13 Bay Area investors and executives to judge its 31st annual Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards for Northern California. Judges will include Tom Bedecarré (AKQA), Nils Erdmann (Nasdaq), Chris Harris (Friedman Fleischer & Lowe), Kathleen Utech (Core Innovation Capital), Lisa Earnhardt (Intersect ENT), Doug Chu (NYSE), Dave Welsh (KKR), Laura Brege (Cervantes Life Science Partners), Jim Marggraff (Google), Kash Kapadia (Digital Directive), Rory O'Driscoll (Scale Venture Partners), Joe Bronson (The Bronson Group) and Marcin Kleczynski (Malwarebytes). http://www.ey.com/us/en/about-us/entrepreneurship/entrepreneur-of-the-year/pnw_ncal_article_overview_page_main
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> Bluetooth World 2017, 28-29 March, Santa Clara Convention Center
Join us to get inspired and discover the future of connectivity and IoT. There's nothing more inspirational than seeing, playing and experiencing amazing IoT gadgets that have successfully gone to market and made it big. Entry is FREE and you will be able to visit the various zones including Automotive, Audio, Smart Home and Health & Fitness, test your innovations at the Testing Stations and meet a range of suppliers. For just $50 you also have access to a wide range of developer sessions as well as hear from inspirational keynotes from big brands including Garmin, Google, Zipcar and Plantronics. Register for FREE entry or purchase an 'Access all areas pass' for just $50! For more information: https://bluetoothworldevent.com _____________________________________________
> The Shifting Sands of Employee Motivation
The old "if-then motivators" of giving bonuses for the achievement of goals no longer work. Work has become too complex and is changing too rapidly for such simple formulas to be relevant and to motivate performance. Here, we summarize research on shifts in employee motivators. http://www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/bay-area-tech-wire _____________________________________________ > Director of the Department of Technology/Chief Information Officer
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